Fri08012014

Stepping Out

‘Cities’ comes to a close in Mountain View


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Broadway vet Kandis Chappell plays Polly Wyeth in TheatreWorks’ “Other Desert Cities.”

TheatreWorks’ regional premiere of the Broadway hit “Other Desert Cities” is scheduled to close Sunday at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

Written by Jon Robin Baitz, “Cities” won the 2011 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2012.

Richard Seer directs the play, co-produced with The Old Globe in San Diego.

“Cities” is a portrait of a prominent family and its very public fall from grace. It centers on novelist Brooke Wyeth, who returns home to Palm Springs for the holidays with her latest manuscript – one she won’t show her parents. Brooke’s brother is a reality-show producer, her dad a movie actor turned politician and her mother a 1960s-era comedy writer turned socialite.

Now long-buried secrets threaten to put the picture-perfect family back on the tabloid pages.

Broadway and regional theater veterans Kandis Chappell and James Sutorius star as Brooke’s parents, Polly and Lyman. Chappell, who also played the role in April’s co-production at The Old Globe, has appeared on Broadway in “Pride’s Crossing,” “Rumors” and “Getting Away with Murder.” Sutorius has appeared on Broadway in “The Farnsworth Invention,” “Conversations with My Father,” “The Changing Room,” “Hamlet,” “The Cherry Orchard” and “The November People.”

Kate Turnbull, making her TheatreWorks debut, plays Brooke. She has appeared Off-Broadway in “Painting Churches” and “Passion Play,” as well as in productions at The Old Globe, Portland Stage Company and Center Theatre Group.

Julia Brothers returns to the TheatreWorks stage as Polly’s eccentric sister Silda Grauman, and Rod Brogan makes his TheatreWorks debut as Brooke’s brother Trip.

This is the second time a play by Baitz has become a Pulitzer Prize finalist; the first was “A Fair Country” in 1996. He created the TV series “Brothers & Sisters,” which ran for five seasons on ABC.

“Cities” contains mature language.

Performances are scheduled 7:30 p.m. today, 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets are $19-$73; a $6 fee is added to online/phone orders.

For tickets and more information, call 463-1960 or visit theatreworks.org.

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